Ms. Bethany S. Ward
Director of Religious Education
Bethany grew up the daughter of deeply religious parents in mid-Ohio and later spent her early adulthood raising her three
children with her husband in Cleveland. In 1997, while seeking a religious home to nurture the spiritual lives of their
children, Bethany found that the First Unitarian Church of Cleveland gave their family that very opportunity. To her
delight, she also found that her own love of their newly adopted faith tradition would eventually blossom into a deeply
Bethany served First Unitarian first as a Religious Education teacher, then as the chairperson to the Youth Religious
Education Committee. It was in this role that she changed her college major from Psychology to Religious Studies and
voraciously pursued a professional career in liberal religious education.
She has served the Olmsted Unitarian Universalist Congregation as Director of Lifespan Faith Development and is currently
pursuing Religious Education Credentialing through the RE Credentialing program of the UUA. She is also a member of
the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA).
Four years ago, Bethany and her family moved to an historic farmhouse in Bath Township, Oh, to cooperatively use the
principles of permaculture to cultivate a small homestead. It is here where they now happily live and grow together,
sharing their farmette with their large and beloved menagerie.
Office hours: Monday, off; Tuesday, 3:30 - 9:00 pm; Wednesday, 10 am - 9:00 (in office); Thursday and Friday,
telecommute; Saturday, by appointment; Sunday, 8:30-2:00 (in office).
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Mr. Douglas Aubin
Doug has been Administrator since 2004. He previously held a similar position at Woodline Products in Painesville,
Ohio for 13 years. As the staff member in charge of day to day operations of the church building, Doug is the person
to call about renting space at the church.
Office hours: Monday - Thursday, 7:00 to 2:00; Sunday 9:30 to 12:30 pm
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Mr. Michael Carney
Director of Music
Mike joined us as our Music Director in July 2015. In addition to providing piano and organ music for Sunday
services, he directs the Chancel Choir and the Women's Ensemble.
Hours: Wednesdays 10:00 am to 9:00 pm; Sundays 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.
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